By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez suffered a setback in his recovery this weekend that was the “result of a respiratory infection,” informed Vice President Nicolas Maduro from Havana, Cuba.
“I decided to stay in Havana to accompany the commander and his family over the coming hours,” said Maduro in his message broadcast on Venezuelan radio and television on Sunday.
The VP emphasized that “the health of President Chavez continues to be delicate…not without risks,” reported the Telesur network.
Through his vice president, Chavez sent a New Year’s greeting to Venezuelan families, who are “closely keeping up on the progress of their president,” recently re-elected to govern from 2013 to 2019.
Chavez underwent surgery in Cuba on December 11 for the fourth time since cancer was originally detected in his “pelvic region” in June 2011. No other details about the illness have been made public.
Maduro remained optimistic that “the spiritual strength of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, and the prayers that have been felt throughout the world for his recovery, will help our President to overcome” the disease.